MORE PROTEIN,Soy milk is a complete protein with all the essential amino acids. Soy protein is preferred over soy isolate because it has more nutrients. The chocolate flavor has fast acting carbs which is great for after a workout. Note: Milks using genetically modified soy ( about 90% on the market) have been linked to prostate cancer
LESS CALORIES,Almond milk- is one third the calories of soy and regular milk ( about 35 calories in 8 ounces) Choose Unsweetened almond milk fortified with B12. Note: that there is only one gram of protein (small amount) in 8 ounces of milk.The fats in almond milk is unsaturated which lowers the risk of heart disease.
GOOD MEDIUM CHAINED FATS, Coconut milk is high in saturated fatty acids and medium chained fats( which are easily digested and provide a quick source of energy). Coconut milk is a good source of magnesium- which may lower blood pressure- and lauric acid which helps fight infections. Coconut milk is also low in calories- 45 calories a cup. Even good fats in coconut milk need to be used in moderation.
ADDED CARBS, Rice milk contains three to four times as many carbohydrates as other milks which makes it a good choice for calories prior to a gym work out. Rice milk has antioxidants that boost your immune system and vitamins like niacin that help manage your cholesterol. Rice milk is also hypoallergenic. Rice milk has 120 calories per cup.
ESSENTIAL OMEGA 3s, Hemp milk, is derived from shelled hemp seeds and contains essential omega three fatty acids that help fight heart disease and arthritis. Hemp milk also contains potassium, magnesium, and less sodium than any dairy alternative. Hemp milk is light in calories, light in protein, yet high in fat.
EXTRA CALCIUM, dairy milk has 300 mg of calcium in one serving. Chose organic milk because it may be 60% higher in omega three fatty acids. Whole milk has a lot of saturated fat and cholesterol and skim milk may be a healthier alternative.